Check Out Photos From The Siege Of Leningrad, 70 Years Later

Siege of Leningrad

Photo: commons: RIA Novosti

The Siege of Leningrad began 70 years ago this month.While relatively little known in the West, the event remains one of the lingering memories of the war for Russia — click here to see the photos >

Hitler had special plans for Leningrad, now known as St. Petersberg, a city that was once the Russian capital and the birthplace of Russian communism. He even had plans for a party at the Hotel Astoria and wanted to rename the city “Adolfsburg” — although he was also considering burning it to the ground.

Caught between German and Finnish troops, the Soviet army in Leningrad was besieged. Over a million citizens in the city were mobilized in June 1941 to help build fortifications. On September 7th all land connections to the city were severed by the Axis front.

Artillery bombing of the city began in September 1941 and continued for 872 days.

The destruction wrought on the city has been called the largest loss of life in any modern city. Books were burnt for heat and zoo animals were eaten for meat — some even resorted to cannibalism. It is thought that 750,000 civilians and the same amount of soldiers died during the siege.

Before the siege the city contained around 3 million people. It did not reach those levels of population again until the 1960s.

Anti-aircraft guns guarding the sky of Leningrad (1941)

Start of the assault on the Leningrad front (1941)

The Bronze Horseman camouflaged from the German aircraft (1941)

People in besieged Leningrad taking water from shell-holes. Location: Nevsky Prospect, between Gostiny Dvor (the long building on the left) and Ostrovsky Square (1941)

Sailors going to the front (1941)

First Aid Post at Leningrad's Narva Gates (1941)

Soldiers carrying a wounded soldier (1941)

Soldiers pulling camouflaged tanks on muddy roads (1941)

A military unit marches to the front along Moscow Avenue in Leningrad (1941)

Nurses helping people wounded in the first bombardment of Leningrad (1941)

People in front of a theatre marquee in Leningrad (1941)

Wood procurement in Leningrad (1941)

Universal military training in Leningrad (1941)

An old woman sledging a starving young man in besieged Leningrad (1942)

Citizens of Leningrad leaving their houses destroyed by German bombing (1942)

Women casting metal in besieged Leningrad (1942)

Leningradians on Nevsky avenue during the siege (1942)

Workers at Kirovsky Plant walking to the front line (1942)

The anti-aircraft gun crew of Sergeant Fyodor Konoplyov shooting at enemy planes (1942)

Soviet ski troops advancing the front line in Leningrad (1943)

A group of Russian children, evacuated from Leningrad two years ago during the worst days of the siege, learn sewing, embroidery and other needlework while sitting outside at the collective farm where they found a new home, in the Kirov region of the USSR (1943)

Great Patriotic War soldiers in attack (1943)

Start of the assault on the Leningrad front (1943)

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